The Epidemic within the Pandemic: Delirium

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Delirium is leaving many older patients more vulnerable, they need caregivers, despite no-visitor rules. Delirium can keep people in hospital for longer, inhibit treatment and event increase the likelihood of death.  For the past 30 years delirium cases have reduced by focussing on the humanistic care and minimising sedating drugs.  One of the most preventative measures is keeping patients from feeling isolated.  COVID-19 is reversing those gains.  The article highlights the rise in delirium cases by upto 70% in both younger and older patients because of the restrictions on visitation and care to limit infection. Letter to The New York Times

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Contributed by: Delirium
Authored by: Sharon K Inouye, Hebrew Senior Life, Boston USA, Geriatrician
Licence: More information on licences
Last updated: 29 December 2020
First contributed: 21 September 2020
Audience access level: Full user


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